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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Sept. 10, 1996 V4, #167
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Netanyahu Meets with Clinton Administration
By David Gollust (VOA-Pentagon)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is holding talks in
Washington on his second US visit since taking office in late May.
US officials want the Israeli leader to take more steps to improve
relations with the Palestinians and try to revive peace talks with
The Clinton Administration is making no secret of its desire to see
the Israeli leader move more quickly on the Palestinian and Syrian
fronts of the peace process.
But Netanyahu insisted before a meeting with Secretary of State
Warren Christopher that he doesn't feel any US pressure - and
doesn't expect any -- on key issues including the stalled pullback
of Israeli security forces from the volatile West Bank town of
The Israeli leader held Pentagon talks on Middle East security
issues with Defense Secretary William Perry, stressing his
government's backing for last week's US Cruise missile attacks
in Iraq following Saddam Hussein's drive into the Kurdish north:
"We are witnessing today the realities of life in the Middle East.
The United States has taken a bold and responsible action against
aggression, and one that Israel of course fully supports."
Perry congratulated Netanyahu for Israel's successful test three
weeks ago of its "Arrow" anti-ballistic missile, a project largely
underwritten by the United States.
Palestinian Negotiations Restart
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have resumed formal talks on
implementation of existing peace agreements, in keeping with an
agreement reached last week between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu and Palestinian Leader Yasir Arafat.
Netanyahu and Arafat agreed last week the negotiators would focus
on the long-delayed Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank city of
Hebron, ways to ease the Israeli closure of the Palestinian
territories and plans for an airport in Gaza.
The resumption of these talks was particularly important for the
Palestinians, who were concerned the process they began with
Israel's former Labor Party government might stall under the new
right-wing Likud government.
Still, Monday's meeting made progress only on procedural issues,
not on substance. On the key issue of the Hebron withdrawal,
Israeli spokesman Moshe Fogel says the Netanyahu government will
proceed as the previous government promised, but only if the
Palestinians agree to some changes in the plan to safeguard Israeli
The chief Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed to meet again
next month, after talks on Hebron and the other issues have gotten
Peres: Israel and Syria Must Compromise on Golan
By Barbara Schoetzau (VOA-New York)
In New York Monday, former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres said
peace with Syria cannot be achieved without both nations
compromising over the issue of the Golan Heights.
Peres says he is not optimistic about peace negotiations with
Syria in the near future. His pessimism, the former prime minister
says, is partly based on the assumption many people made during the
recent election campaign that the simple promise of peace would get
Syria to the negotiating table. But Peres says Israel must be
willing to pay a price.
"I do not believe there is any chance, for example, to have peace
with Syria without compromising on the Golan Heights. This is my
deep conviction. I do not see a chance for having such a peace in
the future. What we can (do) is to gain time or should I say rather
to waste time? But I do not believe that we can change the price.
The price or the cost of peace was very much established in the
negotiations with the Egyptians and I do not believe that Mr.
Assad will satisfy himself for a lesser price."
Peres, a key figure in the Middle East peace process, says he
opposes any delay in the process because of the emergence of what
he calls dangers without borders, namely, terrorism, radical
fundamentalism, and non-conventional weapons.
Speaking to leaders of major Jewish organizations in New York,
Peres said President Clinton was correct to respond militarily to
Iraq's incursion into Kurdish safehavens in northern Iraq.
Peres says the current Likud government is responsible for Israel's
foreign policy, but he will continue to speak out in favor of the
peace process as the leader of the opposition Labor Party.
Olmert to be Indicted
Attorney General Michael Ben-Yair has announced that he will
proceed with the indictment against Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert, a
Likud Knesset member. Olmert is being charged with campaign fraud
during the 1988 Jerusalem municipal elections. At the time, he
served as the Likud Party treasurer. He is suspected of having
given fictitious receipts on behalf of an advertisement firm that
was set up to launder campaign donations.
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